He has the skills that can be honed through practice to win and to win on a national platform against elite competition.
The instructor tells me that after every class.
I know better.
Trey may well have the physical skills needed to master the techniques of fighting to win…but it’s the mental skills that make the difference.
In competition of any kind you need the ability to sense when your opponent is wounded…then the will having sensed that, to break them down to defeat swiftly and decisively.
It’s called having a “killer instinct”.
I’ve got it.
I sense when he has an opponent in trouble and I loudly encourage him to pummel someone else’s child into submission.
The coach and I also loudly express our disappointment when he fails to do so.
Trey doesn’t have a “killer instinct”…he has a “buddy instinct”.
He does sense when he has hurt an opponent…and he backs off to let them recover.
He doesn’t have the ability to dehumanize another person and see them as his enemy for two ninety second rounds…or at all.
He can’t seem to develop the desire to punish someone for their weakness and exploit it for his benefit.
He does not seem to enjoy hurting another person.
These are grave flaws and will lead to his defeat against opponents who have developed these traits.
The instructor says that we must work on this.
I’m not so sure…maybe we should start giving “buddy” medals.
We might have enough “killers” already.
Make your own application.